At the IEC level, international standards in electrotechnology are established by Technical Committees (TC), Subcommittees (SC) and various Working Groups (WG). In total, over 20,000 IEC experts all over the world are actively involved in this process. The committees are managed by the Standardization Management Board (SMB). Superordinate topic areas, such as energy efficiency, environmental aspects or information security and data protection, are dealt with in Technical Advisory Committees, Strategic Groups and Systems Work.
The Market Strategy Board (MSB) has the task of identifying the most important technological trends and market requirements in the IEC's areas of activity and of determining the priorities for the technical work and the conformity assessment. It can set up special Working Groups in order to investigate certain topics in detail.
The Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) coordinates and monitors the work of the four IEC conformity assessment systems, IECEE, IECEx, IECQ and IECRE, and develops new activities as required, such as at present for the topic of cyber security.